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[ris-kee] /ˈrɪs ki/
adjective, riskier, riskiest.
attended with or involving risk; hazardous:
a risky undertaking.
Origin of risky
1820-30; risk + -y1
Related forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
unrisky, adjective
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
dangerous, perilous. Unabridged
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  • Such shots are, of course, instantly fatal; but are too risky to try for, since they come within an inch or two of a clean miss!

  • That, if you will excuse my saying so, seems to me rather too risky a venture.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • risky—but big money, and I guess were on easy street for a while.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • "Too risky to scale that," Frank mused, as he noted the sharp-pointed palings.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Occasionally he bluffed, and got a small pot; but it was risky, as he was distinctly in a run of bad luck.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
British Dictionary definitions for risky


adjective riskier, riskiest
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for risky

1825, from risk (n.) + -y (2). Riskful in same sense is from 1793. Related: Riskiness.

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